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I'm Doing Great, I'm Living On A Bench

by Rainier on Oct. 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We are all caught up on Sons Of Anarchy, and tonight's episode recorded while we were watching the other two, so we got a triple dose. It's a good thing since most of the episodes ended with cliffhangers. This way, we didn't have to wait a week to see how it plays out.

Big shipping day yesterday, and I suspect this will be the case for the next month or two until the holiday rush is over. At least we'll have a few good games to play when this is all over.

On Friday, we'll be giving away Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link DLC codes, so keep an eye out on our official Twitter feed if you haven't picked it up yet.

The Assassin Always Dies. It's Necessary For The National Healing

by Rainier on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Now that GamersFirst has made Fallen Earth free to play, I decided to check it out, and I'm enjoying the experience. There have been some server issues (no doubt due to the player influx after going f2p), so that is annoying, but so far so good. Currently scouring the apocalyptic wasteland with my steed, but I hope to be able to craft some better vehicles soon.

TV season is in full swing, and the DVR is filling up fast, so we've been watching Fringe, The Sing-Off, Person Of Interest and Terra Nova. Running a few episodes behind on Sons Of Anarchy, but that will be remedied by tomorrow.

Whoa, Take 'er Easy There, Pilgrim

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The season two opener of The Walking Dead was pretty good, and if you have not seen the episode yet, be prepared for your jaw to drop at the very end. Good stuff.

Saturday evening, we went to the Night Ranger/Foreigner/Journey concert, and it was an awesome time. While neither of the bands may be on the cutting edge of today's music, it was great to belt out the classics from a few decades ago. The place was packed with 22,000 rock fans, and most of them brought their kids to show them what the good old days sounded like.

As a sign that I'm getting older, I keep thinking, "Man, they don't make 'em like they used to," and that applies to both music and video games.

We All Do Strange Things In Our Childhood

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Our trip to the theater for Red Tails was a total letdown. The organizers had overbooked the place, and the turnout was huge. We arrived "only" an hour before it started, resulting in us being in the back of the line and sent home with a free movie ticket.

What's worse was that we wanted to see Contagion, but changed our mind at the last minute to pick Drive instead. That turned out to be a big mistake. There were two decent car chase scenes and some t&a, but the rest of the movie was a big snooze fest. (Drive scored 93% at Rotten Tomatoes. Did someone reverse the numbers?)

I should have known that the movie was going to be lame when the intro credits were in pink, cursive letters.

While our movie night may have been a bust, I just stumbled upon the Act of Valor trailer, and I'm so there!

You Can Not Kill Me

by Rainier on Oct. 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Looking forward to Sunday's second season premiere of The Walking Dead, which is a series that I really enjoyed. Got to slog through a few more episodes of Terra Nova, and while it's decent, I'm hoping for it to pick up some steam.

Tonight we're going to a super advance premiere of Red Tails, a WWII movie about African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program. The movie's not due for release until 2012, but I guess they want some early feedback and do some extra editing/changes based on that. The few trailers have looked interesting, so we had planned on seeing it anyway.

This Is The Most Uncomfortable Coffin I've Ever Been In

by Rainier on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Looking forward to the weekend already, not only because I might actually get to sleep a bit, but mostly because we are finally going to the Journey/Foreigner/Night Ranger concert. We got our tickets way back in March, and back then, the concert seemed so far away, but it's only a few days out now ...

In a few weeks, we're also going to the Judas Priest farewell concert. After many decades, they are finally calling it quits as a band, but I suspect that lead singer Rob Halford will carry on with one of his spinoff bands like Fight or Halford.

Oh, and we just got free tickets to watch Red Tails! It's going to be an awesome weekend!

I May Not Have Much, But I Have More Determination Then Any Man You're Ever Likely To Meet

by Rainier on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

I'm not quite sure what's all going on over at Netflix. The once-promising and -lucrative company seems to be flailing about, making stupid decision after stupid decision.

First there was the price hike that caused its subscribers to drop significantly, followed by the splitting up of the business into two entities (DVD and streaming), which would require you to log into two Web sites and have two separate accounts. Today, however, CEO Reed Hastings saw the light and realized this wasn't exactly a good idea, so Qwikster has been shelved, and everything is back under one umbrella.

Makes you wonder what they're going to pull out of their hat next.

Pain, Begone, I Will Have No More Of Thee!

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We watched Real Steel last night, and it was everything I had hoped it to be. Adam's review was right on the money, so props to him. Now I want some robot action as well, but apparently I'll have to wait another decade or two ...

While we're on a movie streak, we're going to check out Moneyball later today, so that should also be a good time. The baseball team in question is our local team, even though we're Angels fans, so we are obliged to check it out or we get our local residency card revoked.

While we were being couch potatoes, we also watched The Good Wife, NCIS, 2 Broke Girls, and Kitchen Nightmares.

Squeal Like A Pig. So, Squeal

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Adam was lucky enough to have watched Real Steel earlier this week. Since we've been meaning to see it, we're heading out to the theater tonight to check it out.

We've accumulated a nice backlog on the DVR again, so since we have no other specific plans this weekend (aside from lunch with friends on Sunday), we're going to make a dent in that.

Maybe I'll even get to check out Rage. For some reason, it's not showing up in my Steam account! What's up with that?!

Better To Be Judged by Twelve Than Carried By Six

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

A sad day in history. Apple founder Steve Job passed away yesterday at the age of 56. Having battled pancreatic cancer since 2004, the man who brought us not only the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, but also what many consider the first PC, Apple II, succumbed to his disease. He will be greatly missed!

RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011).

It's All Life Until You're Dead

by Rainier on Oct. 4, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The Rage reviews seem to be all over the place, making me want to check it out for myself today. A lot of people don't seem to agree with the high scores, which happen to be from "early" reviews. Makes you wonder ... Sanford is slogging through our copy, probably wrap it up tomorrow, and by that time, I'll be able to pitch in as well. In the meantime, check our interview with id Software president Todd Hollenshead.

Our war in Stronghold Kingdoms is in its third week, and we seem to be gaining the upper hand. We opened a second front, flanking the enemy from the side, which divided its resources and gave us some momentum. This started because one of our allies had been getting railroaded, but with us declaring war on the same house, it took pressure off them and they've regained most of the ground they had lost.

If Nominated I Will Not Run. If Elected I Will Not Serve

by Rainier on Oct. 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The past weekend was quite the cultural outing, with a museum trip on Saturday and The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary performance on Sunday. It was live at Royal Albert Hall in London, but it was broadcast throughout movie theaters across the world.

We already have our movie for next week picked out, Real Steel (starring Hugh Jackman). The earlier trailers weren't really appealing, but the more recent clips caught our attention. Should be a good time.

Gaming-wise, it should be a good week with RAGE scheduled to launch in a few days, Dark Souls, Just Dance 3, NBA Jam, NBA 2K12, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, among other titles.

Another Life. I Just Have To Shed The Old One And Try Again

by Rainier on Oct. 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, 62, has finally said "I do" to his girlfriend of 28 years, Shannon Tweed (54). I guess after dating for almost three decades, they know what they are getting into ...

The new season of Dexter (starring Michael C. Hall) starts tonight, as well as the premiere of Homeland (starring Emmy winner Claire Danes and Damian Lewis), so we'll be checking that out later today. I'm really hoping Homeland turns out to be a success. I've been a fan of Damian Lewis since his role as Major Richard D. Winters in the Band of Brothers miniseries.

If you want to have good laugh, check the Tucker and Dale vs. Evil trailer. Not really suited for kids, though, due to the copious amounts of gore and blood.

I'd Rather Have An Intelligent Enemy Than A Stupid Friend

by Rainier on Oct. 1, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today will be a bit busy with the first order of business being a very overdue haircut, then groceries followed by a trip to the museum to see the Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection and The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy exhibits.

Whoever said I wasn't cultured, eh ? :)

It's Dangerous To Confuse Children With Angels

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Phew! After yesterday's red ring scare on the Xbox 360, it turns out that it's still functional. It just shut down automatically due to overheating. It is warm out here, and we had been playing Gears of War 3 and LEGO Star Wars III: Clone Wars for quite a bit, so it's understandable. More Gears of War 3 coming up!

Tonight we're going to watch The Debt, which we've been meaning to check out for a while. Figured we'd better hurry up before it disappears from the big screen.

You know what? I totally forgot that I had an early access code to play Battlefield 3, and now it's open beta. Better start the download!

Your Quest Of The Absolute Led You Straight To A Zero

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Not a happy camper! I finally get around to playing some Gears of War 3, and when I exited the game, our Xbox 360 red rings. It didn't even get back to the dashboard. Boom, it struck in mid-exit! Going to let it cool down a bit, so hopefully it was just a hiccup. We had just finished playing LEGO Star Wars III: Clone Wars, so I guess the Force was not with us anymore ....

The weekend hasn't even begun yet, and it's already looking busy with a haircut, a beer festival and a museum trip. There had better be some time in there to just lie on the couch and eat potato chips, damn it!

On a side note, war is still raging in Stronghold Kingdoms. I've moved my villages to the front line and named it AngelOfDeath. Yeah, I'm sure the enemy is quaking in their boots now!

Life's A Banquet And Most Poor Suckers Are Starving To Death

by Rainier on Sept. 27, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

What's the deal with companies all of a sudden adding a "you can't sue us" clause in their user agreements? Pretty soon, no matter what they sell you — whether or not it's functional, hazardous or illegal — they'll add something in the EULA that safeguards them from any harm. Doesn't really sound right to me. You make something, so you're responsible for it. If it craps out on your watch, well, you should have made it functional in the first place. The next thing you know, we'll be buying cars that fall apart and the manufacturer will make us download a patch to get it running again.

Aside from the legal mumbo jumbo, TV season is in full swing and unfortunately, we've picked up a few new series to test run, like 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest and, of course, Terra Nova.

God Said You Owed Another Marker. He Came To Collect

by Rainier on Sept. 25, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

On Friday, we finally saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes and everybody really liked it. Nobody is surprised, of course, that the main ape Caesar is played by Andy Serkis, better known as The Lord Of The Rings' Gollum, or for starring in the Enslaved and Heavenly Sword video games.

Yesterday, we pigged out at the "Eat Real" festival downtown, the third year running, where they have dozens of food trucks gathered around offering their delicacies. The weather was not too good, but that worked out because the entire area was packed with thousands of people, so a little breeze now and again felt good without the sun beating down on us.

No plans for today, so we get to just lie around and watch shows on the DVR. Sweet!

Shut Your Mouth Or I'll Kick Your Teeth Down Your Throat And Shut It For You

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Kiefer Sutherland of "24" fame is back in the game with a new action/drama series Touch, where a father (Sutherland) discovers his autistic, mute son can predict events before they occur. Created and penned by "Heroes" writer Tim Kring, the new series should premiere early next year and also stars Danny Glover. Could be interesting ...

This weekend, we have no specific plans, so we intend to head to the theater to either check out Contagion, Moneyball or Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but definitely NOT Machine Gun Preacher.

For our weekly Free Code Friday, we are handing out From Dust PSN codes. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

I Wish We Had One Of Them Doomsday Machines

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

I've been struggling with my longtime RSS feed reader. For some reason, it has stopped working and only intermittently gives me updates. It also deleted a bunch of links I had stored up, and it just crapped out on me in general.

Tomorrow is our weekly Free Code Friday, and this time around, we are handing out From Dust PSN codes. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to keep an eye on our Twitter feed.

I also wanted to address our Space Marine PS3 review. Having played it through on PC and even jumping into some online games, it baffles me that THQ is not fixing the PS3 version. Its multiplayer has been broken since launch, and we've waited over two weeks to see if there would be a patch to rectify the issue, but alas, it did not arrive by review time. That's why it received such a low score in comparison to the Xbox 360 version.